A couple of months ago I went to Brisbane on a mastermind retreat and while the retreat was filled with so many juicy takeaways, there was an insight that really stuck with me. It was: I need to treat my business like a business. This looks like devoting more time to working on my business and being more strategic about where I spend my time.
So every Monday, I clear my client schedule and have a ‘Sacred Strategy’ day that I devote to growing and building my business. There are some tasks that I do every week and some tasks that I mix up but everything I do has the intention to make me feel like a boss.
And here are six things that you can do to feel like a boss too!
Check into your 90 day plan and anchor into your goals
The first thing I do when I sit at my desk on a Monday morning is check into my 90 day plan and remind myself of my focus, priorities and tasks for the month. I keep my 90 day plan as a spreadsheet in Google Drive and a project board in Asana. Having it available as an Asana project allows me to move things around and play with due dates depending on what’s happening in my week.
I also use this time to get specific about what I need to do to complete my goals and map it out (down to every last step) as sub-tasks in Asana. It’s also important that I anchor into my goals and get a proper ‘feel’ of why they exist and what their purpose is. This allows me to show up for my goals in a more meaningful and intentional way!
Track blog and social media statistics
I never used to track my blog and social media statistics but constantly felt a sense of ‘not being good enough’. It’s really easy to feel like you’re not achieving anything when you haven’t set any goals in the first place! So instead of stressing over the numbers, I check into my statistics once a week. I love doing this on a Monday morning because I’m in the right head space to evaluate where I’m at and take action where needed. With a clear schedule for the rest of the day, I have the time to dream up new strategies or ideas. This simply doesn’t exist when you’re fretting over the numbers in bed at 11pm at night. Tracking my analytics also allows me to see what my average ‘growth’ is and I can set more realistic goals for myself - or stretch it when I’m ready to dream (and play) big!
Map out my plan for the week using Asana
I’m a Virgo rising and my Type A personality loves a good plan. Mapping out my plan for the week brings so much ease to my week and means that I know exactly what needs to be done and when. I use Asana for all of my client work and am always checking in with the calendar to see where I have space for tasks. I do allow room for flexibility but mapping it all out gives me a good sense of direction.
Check my Acuity calendar and block time off
My coaching calendar has the same availability each week but I recently learnt how important it is to constantly check in and make sure that the meeting schedule is flowing. For example: some weeks might be more busy than others and I will need to block some time off to make sure I don’t burn out. Other weeks, I might be able to open space for clients on another day of the week. This is all about feeling in control of your calendar and not the other way around!
Gratitude practice for my clients and tribe
Once I have done all of the tasks above, I take a couple of minutes to share some gratitude. My practice changes each week. Sometimes I’ll write client names on post-it notes and surround it with crystals and other times I’ll take a few moments to send love to everyone in my tribe.
I learnt this practice from the gorgeous Chloe from One Infinite Life who does a gratitude practice after tracking her blog and social media stats. She shared these words in my seven day email series:
"I know that tracking your stats can make you feel discouraged or disappointed, but I have a special gratitude ritual that I do whenever I track my numbers that helps me to feel content and appreciative — no matter what the numbers show. My ritual involves filling in my tracking spreadsheet, then taking a moment (sometimes just 5 minutes, often more) to do a gratitude meditation for every single person behind the numbers in my various communities. Doing this makes me recognise and feel grateful for the people who ARE there and helps me to focus on serving them."
Dedicate to ideas time
I recently read The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry who talks about the importance of 'Ideas Time' in your creative work. This is time dedicated to any problems that you’re willing to show up and solve. For me: this looks like getting out the journal and working through any of the areas where I’m feeling ‘stuck’. I turn off my WiFi and dedicate a specific amount of time to brainstorming and workshopping solutions to the problem. And I must say: I never walk away empty handed! I love this process so much that I’ve even started offering this time to my clients too!
I hope these tasks have given you some insight into practices that you can implement into your own schedule. Because darling, you are the boss and you deserve to feel like it!